Our long-term care news is continually updated from dozens of sources around our industry and the web.

First-generation Penn student invents wearable light for nurses

The Philadelphia Inquirer (02/03/2021) – Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, a 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing senior living in the campus’s Lauder College House, hopes to follow iconic tradition and become a dormitory-launched capitalist. Full story »

AMDA Statement on COVID-19 Vaccinations for Residents and PAC/LTC Staff

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP | Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine – issued a statement on February 1st that addresses the administration of COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible and willing residents and healthcare workers in post-acute and LTC facilities. “To support equity and efficiency in COVID-19 vaccine administration in post-acute and long-term care settings:

  1. AMDA recommends that the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine be administered to short-stay and rehabilitation residents while they are in the nursing home.
  2. AMDA recommends COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration that continues to prioritize residents and healthcare workers in post-acute and long-term care facilities.
  3. AMDA urges directives from state and federal governments that reduce barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations.
We anticipate that increasing vaccine production and continued emergency use authorization of new COVID-19 vaccines will improve supply and availability. By undertaking the above actions, long-term care facilities should be able to overcome the numerous barriers that presently exist to comprehensive resident and healthcare worker vaccination. The overall goal is to vaccinate every eligible resident and healthcare worker who desires to receive the vaccine. These efforts are vital for the ongoing safety of residents and healthcare workers of our nation’s post-acute and long-term care facilities and to the community as we all work together to end the COVID-19 pandemic.” Please take the time to review and share the entire 2-page statement with your team, including your Medical Director.  I’ve excerpted the 3 key points from AMDA but there is valuable information beneath each point that you need to be aware of and speak about with others in your community at large.  COVID vaccination will protect residents and staff and will undoubtedly save lives.

How ‘Informal Leaders,’ Peer-to-peer focus can boost staff vaccine acceptance at nursing homes

Skilled Nursing News (02/01/2021) – When the effort to vaccinate long-term care workers and residents began to gather momentum, hesitancy among workers became a prominent issue well before the first shots were administered. Full story »

Anxiety grows as long-term care awaits COVID-19 vaccines

abc news (01/31/2021) – Frustration is building over the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations at long-term care sites, where some homes still await shots while fending off a virus that can devastate their residents Full story »

Nursing Home COVID-19 County Positivity Data Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the COVID-19 county positivity data as of February 1, 2021. As a reminder, information regarding the requirement to test nursing home staff based on county positivity is found here.  Previous data reports are found in the archive.

‘A circular nightmare’: Nursing Home staffing shortages only worsened as 2020 came to a close

Skilled Nursing News (01/28/2021) – Shortages of key nursing home staffers, including nurses and aides, accelerated from May to December 2020, prompting one consumer watchdog to warn that the worst of the long-term care crisis may be yet to come. Full story »

48 States saw nursing home occupancy of 80% or worse as 2021 dawned — with census as low as 56%

Skilled Nursing News (01/25/2021) – Skilled nursing facilities are in the midst of a massive push to inoculate residents and staff against COVID-19, with the eventual hope of restoring routine visitations and opening more broadly to admissions from hospitals and the community. Full story »

Stiffer fines, CARES Act audits: What nursing homes can expect from the Biden Administration

Skilled Nursing News (01/20/2021) – Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, will likely bring an uptick in enforcement and an increased focus on compliance from the agency as political scrutiny turns to long-term care facilities, where an estimated 40% of COVID-19 deaths have so far occurred. Full story »